For many older people winter means loneliness, poverty and ill-health.
Some older people find it difficult to pay their heating bills and keep their homes warm enough. Others can become bed-ridden with illness. Many struggle to leave the house in extremely cold and icy conditions and don’t see anyone for weeks. Age NI believes this must change.
70% of older people worry most about staying warm in winter. Almost a third of older people in Northern Ireland tell us that television is their main form of company and 44% of older people feel more isolated from their local communities than ever before.
At Age NI, we believe this can change and must be changed. With the right support, many more older people can live in comfort throughout the winter and remain warm well and in touch.
How Age NI helps older people in winter
We offer a wide range of services to help older people feel warm and well in winter:
- We provide free information and advice to ease financial worries, and help older people to feel warm and well
- We run Christmas parties at local day centres
- We provide befriending services to help fight loneliness
How you can help older people this winter
There are lots of ways you can help older people stay warm and well in winter: